Adventures-at-School

Adventures-at-School is a five day in the classroom program. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 8:45 am – 3:00 pm. Wednesday is early out school will be from 8:45am – 1:30 pm.  It is a blend of exciting hands-on learning, strong academic instruction, engaged discussion, and individual creative pursuits that guide students to feel empowered over their educational journey. Each child’s academic path is customized to inspire deeper learning through student-directed, teacher-supported passion projects and curriculum. In addition, we use activities that inspire curiosity and discovery to learn the essential science, history, language arts, and math state standards for the year. 

Adventures language arts is based upon Reading Horizons, an explicit phonics curriculum that helps every student build a solid foundation in reading and spelling through direct instruction. In addition, the class will have valuable literature discussions and class read aloud novels that correspond with the weekly Epic topics and focus on essentials such as strong writing abilities, keyboarding, and analytical skills.

Zearn Math is a top-rated program designed to be engaging for all students. K-5 Adventures teachers will use this powerful math program to promote student success no matter their current level of understanding. Zearn teaches the same concepts in multiple learning formats to reach the various learning needs of Adventure students. In addition, all K-6 students will engage in Math Talks several times a week to strengthen their math reasoning and use their math skills for real-world applications.

Adventures at school students and their parents have the opportunity to engage in all of our wonderful programs: 

Innovations This program lets students enjoy the many opportunities available to them on our campus, including the Space Center, SmartLab, and the school farm!
Discovery  Students learn confidence and as they discover their interests with activities such as the climbing wall, ice skating, paddle boarding, hiking, and sports! 
Epic  Students engage in hands-on learning as they explore the rotating history theme for the year! This year we will be studying 2021-22: Modern World History!
Allies Our Allies program creates a true partnership between the school and home. With parent training, Town Hall Meetings, and collaboration, our parents are valued!
Spark This program sparks enjoyment in families through shared experiences such as evening family field trips, services projects, and engaging school events!

Combining all of these opportunities provides whole child learning at its best! Whether it’s Dance, Music, PE, and Makerspace Art, Robotics, or digital media arts, your child will find a way to shine in their individual way! And on top of all that, students will learn and grow every day working in the school garden and caring for the various animals on our CGA Farm! While you are here, say hello to the goats and bunnies and chickens right out front. The goats are so friendly, but please don’t tour the farm without a Canyon Grove Employee. 🙂

Sprouts (K )- Olga Fabian

Olga is so wonderful and bright! She will be teaching our youngest students in our Sprouts class. Olga taught in California and is loving her transition into Utah. She is so excited to work with the students and encourage their own love of learning. She finds each individual student’s learning process something to be nourished. Olga is a mother of three, and together they can often be found in the kitchen cooking and laughing.

olga.fabian@canyongrove.com

Hikers (1st) – Debbie Cluff

Debbie is passionate about helping youth make the most of their potential. She is an educator, author, entrepreneur, wife and mother. Debbie has written books, hosted talk radio shows, coached high school cheerleading, been a successful blogger, and designed and built her own websites. She’s spent more than fifteen years teaching and coaching young minds and is excited to work with your student.

Born and raised in Pasadena, California, Debbie graduated from California State University Los Angeles with a bachelor’s degree in Liberal Arts and a master’s in Elementary Education. She has three teenagers and an amazing husband who keep her smiling. Her favorite thing to do is sit at the pool and drink a Diet Coke.

debbie.cluff@canyongrove.com

Climbers (2 ) – Sharon Rixner

Mrs Rixner is a lover of many things. Her heart belongs to rocks and dinosaurs. She has her masters degree in Biology and is currently working on a PhD in cognitive brain development. Mrs Rixner has taught for over 15 years in various grades. She has three cats, a dog, bearded dragon and many fish. She is a lover of all animals.   Mrs Rixner is happily married to a wonder man and has two amazing kids 20 and 24. She loves teaching and truly believes it’s her calling in life.

sharon.rixner@canyongrove.com

Campers (3rd) – Lindsea Kirk

I’ve wanted to be a teacher ever since I was a little girl! I love helping children learn and discover their own unique talents and passions. I was born in Iowa and raised in Las Vegas, Nevada. I graduated from BYU-Idaho in 2019 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education. I love to be outdoors, visit new places, draw, paint, and spend time with friends and family. I hope to make learning fun and exciting and am looking forward to a wonderful school year at Canyon Grove!

lindsea.kirk@canyongrove.com

Pioneers (4th) – Camille Danielson

I am excited to be at Canyon Grove. I taught 3rd grade for 4 years. Before that I spent quite a bit of time as a teacher aide/para educator, subbing, and volunteering off and on for several years. I love teaching. I love seeing growth happen and imagining where students will be in 10-15 years. I mostly grew up in Utah, but did live in California a couple of times. My favorite place that my family lived was in San Juan Capistrano, CA. 

Some things I enjoy doing are fishing, camping, borderline hoarding crafty stuff and partially completed projects. I also get a thrill out of trying to grow a potted garden on my north facing covered balcony. (humorous, but I am determined to find consistent  success). I love animals and all things nature. I have 3 fur babies, and a turtle. My fur babies are the loves of my life! I like to play the piano. I taught myself, so the fact that I can make music happen is pretty cool. I love good, clean, spontaneous humor. (like the things kids say or do that make it hard to keep a straight face, for example). I love positive learning and teaching experiences.

In my classroom, we develop an understanding of what it means and why it is important  to be respectful and responsible learners. This creates a positive, safe and comfortable learning environment for everyone. 

I am excited to be part of the Canyon Grove team!

camille.danielson@canyongrove.com

Navigators (5th) – McKenzie Sirrine

I grew up in Utah County, graduating from Westlake High School in Saratoga Springs. After high school I attended Utah Valley University and graduated with my Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education. I grew up dancing and taught dance to children of all ages for three years. I come from a long line of teachers, teaching is something I have always been excited to do! I now live in Eagle Mountain and have been married for one year. When I am not teaching I like to go to Jazz games with my husband (he’s a huge fan), spend time with my family and friends, and relax while watching my favorite shows.

mckenzie.sirrine@canyongrove.com

Explorers (6th)- McKenzie Cloward

I loved growing up in California being close to the beach and the mountains. I graduated from BYU with a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education and I minored in TESOL ( teaching English as a second language). I taught second grade for one year and tutored multiple different students. I also spent time teaching English in Nicaragua, and the Domincan Republic to children of different ages.  I have been married for one year and enjoy living in Provo with so many things to do! I love the outdoors, and trying new things. I look forward to the day when I have my own kids  and can teach them the many things that I have learned.

mckenzie.cloward@canyongrove.com

Specialty Instructor- Wendy Erickson

Wendy has been a private piano and voice performance teacher for 23 years.  She has also taught elementary music for the last 8 years. She is compassionate and inspiring. She maintains a motivated space where each student feels special, cared for and successful.

In her words;  “It is my desire to have a classroom atmosphere where students feel loved and absolutely love music!

Mrs. Erickson or “Mrs. E” as the students call her enjoys spending time with her husband Fred and their large combined family, when she is not teaching. She treasures every moment spent with grandchildren, “the crown jewels of life!”

Things You Will Need to Know

  • Date & Time: School will begin on Monday, August 16th at 8:45am. Parents are welcome to drop their student off at the curb or park in a stall to walk their student in. Please follow the traffic flow indicators in our parking lot. Pick up is at 3:00pm at the red curb. We appreciate it if you load and go quickly to keep traffic moving and visit with your child about their day once you are not at the curb.
  • Dress code: All students should arrive in a Canyon Grove t-shirt, sweatshirt and school appropriate pants and shoes. You can purchase your Canyon Grove t-shirts and sweatshirts at the front desk.
  • Hydration: Students will bring their own water bottle each day to class.
  • Lunch: Please make sure your students bring a cold lunch each day. Lunch will NOT be provided at school.

Please contact becky.pili@canyongrove.com if you have any questions.